Thanks for doing this Kircon, and it's always nice to get a wink! *waves at kircon*
Sunny Bunny, I liked your Kendra/Shii Ann parallel. It's incredible how much of an outsider Kendra was during the whole game. To stay in Thailand for a second, I must say that Jay is as good as Brian. (As an added bonus, Jay enjoys playing the game while Brian always looked bored) The "follow the chain" hint he gave to Ben is one of the best moves I've ever seen in one of these shows.
It's obvious that Jay has been edited to appear to be the Pirate Master. Only one scene has me worried and that was Jay saying: "If it comes down to being Pirate Master, I feel mentally superior to Ben. I donít know if itís age or education, but at the end of the day, I donít feel Ben is a threat to me. Thatís why I made a pact with him and why Iím keeping him around."
This could be too much; someone shown with too much confidence worries me. Ben also has been portrayed very consistently: He's the friendly guy, someone no one worries about as he planned to play the game in episode #1. Now we see him question his trust in Jay, which is a good sign. Could he beat out Jay in the end? Of course, Veruca would say that creating doubt around the eventual winner is a good thing. We'll see...or more likely read!